23/07/2016: 24 bottlenose dolphins, one harbour porpoise and two Atlantic grey seals

2hr survey. Start time 10:45
Weather conditions: sea state 1-3, visibility >10km, light swell
Six bottlenose dolphins

At the beginning of the survey, five bottlenose dolphins were observed foraging and tail slapping off New Quay headland. No marine mammals were spotted further down the coast, but a Canada goose was seen south of Cwmtydu. On return to New Quay headland, a single bottlenose dolphin was spotted travelling in a south-westerly direction.

2hr survey. Start time 12:45
Weather conditions: sea state 2, visibility >10km, light swell
Seven bottlenose dolphins and two Atlantic grey seals

On the way down the coast towards Ynys-Lochtyn, four bottlenose dolphins were spotted over the course of the first hour. Three of the dolphins observed were travelling, while one bottlenose dolphin was seen bow-riding the survey boat. On arrival at Ynys-Lochtyn, a group of three bottlenose dolphins was seen foraging and leaping. Shortly before return to New Quay, two Atlantic grey seals were spotted in the water by Birds Rock.

4hr survey. Start time 14:45
Weather conditions: sea state 0-4, visibility 1->10km, light swell
Eleven bottlenose dolphins and one harbour porpoise

At the beginning of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were seen foraging and travelling in New Quay bay. After seeing approximately twenty manx shearwater on the offshore leg of the survey, two bottlenose dolphins were spotted just off the coast off Llangrannog. A short while later, seven bottlenose dolphins, including two calves, were spotted attacking a harbour porpoise just off the coast of Ynys-Lochtyn. This behaviour has previously been reported and observed, but is still not fully understood. The bottlenose dolphins were later seen leaping, foraging, and in close contact.